A CHRISTINGLE is a symbolic object used in the
Advent services of
many Christian denominations .
Christingle means 'Christ Light' and is used to celebrate Jesus
Christ as the "
Light of the World ".
Used primarily for
Christmas , it is also used for
The authentic origins of the
Christingle can be found on the website
Moravian Church in the British Province.
The history of the
Christingle can be traced back to Bishop Johannes
de Watteville, who started the tradition in Germany in 1747. At that
time it was just a red ruff wrapped around a candle.
It was popularized in the United Kingdom by John Pensom in 1968. He
was raising funds for the charity The Children\'s Society . In the
2000s over 5,000
Christingle services were being held in the UK every
Christingle usually consists of:
* An orange, representing the world
* A candle pushed into the centre of the orange, then lit,
Jesus Christ as
Light of the World
* A red ribbon wrapped around the orange or a paper frill around the
candle, representing the blood of Christ
* Dried fruits and/or sweets skewered on cocktail sticks pushed into
the orange, representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons
Chelmsford Cathedral in the UK announced they would be
replacing the candles with glowsticks .
* ^ A B C "How to make a Christingle". Tees. BBC. 5 December 2007.
Retrieved 19 December 2014.
* ^ "Moravian Customs". The
Moravian Church British Province.
* ^ A B C D E F "Christingle: The
Christmas tradition that only got
going in the 1960s". BBC News. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December
* ^ A B "What is Christingle?". The Children's Society. 2010-11-24.
* ^ Sapsted, David (13 December 2006). "Cathedral puts out the
flames of Christingle". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 Decemb